Click the video above to see our high schools sailors in action! Video created by Ethan Johnson. Thanks Ethan!!
High School Sailing in southern Maryland was started in 1999 by Stovy Brown, with the help of the Southern Maryland Sailing Association. In 2009, it moved across the river due to the expansion of our fleet of FJ’s and the creation of the Sailing Center Chesapeake. Our high school sailing program allows students from high schools throughout southern MD to participate in Varsity and Junior Varsity sailing events. Middle school students who are interested in becoming high school sailors in the future are encouraged to participate. Sailing is an active high school sport in both the Spring (March – May) and the Fall (September – November). The Sailing Center Chesapeake high school sailing program acts as a facilitator for local high school sailing teams. Any student is welcome to participate in the program, regardless of whether they have a program at their school or not. The Sailing Center Chesapeake is a non-profit organization, supported by the Southern Maryland Sailing Foundation 501(c)3 which provides for most of the high-capital equipment involved in sailing. It currently operates out of the Tall Timbers Marina due to the kind patronage of the marina owners. We believe very strongly in providing youth in our community with the opportunity to interact with and experience the waterways that surround their home. Scholarships are available for qualifying individuals.
Thank you for your interest in High School Sailing. This program develops competitive high school teams through instruction in racing techniques and varsity / junior varsity interscholastic competition with other high schools in the Maryland and DC areas. It is run through the Sailing Center Chesapeake (SCC) – a non-profit, mostly volunteer-run, community sailing center. For more information view our handbook.
For those interested, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you and get you out on the water!
High School Sailing Season
If you are interested in participating:
- Print, complete and sign HS Registration Forms (enclosures 1-4).
- Pay by PayPal. Use email@example.com when paying. Or use this link…
- Submit registration forms (enclosures 1 – 4) before the first practice. Completed and signed forms may be mailed or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All forms must be completed before a sailor maybe allowed on the water.
- High school sailing fees are $250 per season. This includes all season and membership fees. Participants must be members of the Sailing Center Chesapeake for insurance purposes.
- Personalized pinnies are available for purchase. Pinnies are required for regattas. We have very few available to loan out for regattas.
- All fees are due at the time of registration. A sailor will not be allowed on the water until payment is received
1. Weekly practice, three sessions, hosted by SCC:
- Practice will be held after school Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
- Most sessions will be conducted at the Sailing Center Chesapeake at Tall Timbers Marina.
2. Competition in high school interscholastic events / regattas sanctioned by the Maryland DC Interscholastic Sailing Association (MDISA).
- Students from Patuxent, Leonardtown, Great Mills, Chopticon and home high schools in Southern Maryland participate in high school sailing at the Sailing Center Chesapeake.
- Practice sessions are open to students in all Southern Maryland high schools, whether their school has a formal competitive team or not.
- Local middle school students may participate in practice sessions to develop their skills. Occasionally 8th grade students have the opportunity to compete in junior varsity events; however, high school students have first priority. We encourage middle school student participation!
- Each season SCC hosts several competitive events on weekend days hosting up to 18 schools.
3. Coaching will be overseen by SCC High School Coordinators and US Sailing certified instructors. Mostly volunteer staff operate SCC.
- A type 3 PFD (personal floatation device) must be worn at all times while on the water. This includes the dock.
- Shoes or dinghy boots must be worn at all times. Water shoes are best.
- Dry or wet suit required whenever air + water temperatures is below 120º or the water temperature is below 60º.
- Sailing gloves are recommended, especially in cold weather.
- Helmets are optional. Concussions have occurred at practice and regattas.
- Sailors will need to provide their own drinks, sunscreen, PFDs, wet or dry suits, sailing boots,helmets and gloves.
Potluck dinners are held during the season. Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend. Useful information about the high school sailing program and interscholastic sailing competition is always part of these events. A potluck awards dinner is held at the end of the season. See the online calendar for dates, times, and locations. Parent involvement is crucial to the success of our high school teams. We will need parental help in the areas of fundraising for new equipment, and support at our home regattas and at practices.
Here are some links to useful web sites:
Racing a Flying Junior: http://www.iowasailing.org/resources/skills/racing-basics
High School Sailing:
Our district, Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association: massasailing.org
Our national authority, Interscholastic Saiiling Association: hssailing.org
College Sailing: collegesailing.org